Bluesfest has invited the Boomerang Festival to provide a First peoples experience like no other, including talks and ideas, workshops, traditional healing practices and music & dance.

Bluesfest festival director Peter Noble is passionate about nurturing Australia’s Indigenous cultures and together with revered curator Rhoda Roberts, they have created a new precinct, adding a unique dimension to the incredible multi-faceted cultural experience that is Bluesfest.

The Boomerang Festival aims to attract and increase community support for the important cultural initiative for the Northern Rivers and Australia, in order for it to grow back into an independent, stand-alone festival.

Below are the first group of talented artists and cultural leaders to be announced in next year’s exciting line-up:


Rako Dancers – Rotuman, Fijian and Pacific Islands
Jannawi Dancers – Darug, NSW/Arnhem Land, NT
Excelsior – North & Central Queensland
Malu Kiai Mura Buai Dance Troupe – Boigu Island,
Going Wanhurr And East Journey – Dhalinbuy NT
Arakwal Dancers – Byron Bay, NSW


Archie Roach – Gundijtmara/ Bundjalung: ‘25 years of Charcoal Lane’
Tenzin Choegyal – Tibet: ‘Music making of the displaced’
Getano Bann – Torres Strait: ‘Issues affecting island communities’
Shari Sebbens (Darwin) & Nakkiah Lui (Torres Strait)
‘The New Black Voice’: Australians from all backgrounds discuss their diverse opinions on the national landscape and the future cultural fabric of Australia


Te Kopere Healing Program – New Zealand

The Boomerang Precinct, beside the Jambalaya stage, provides a safe family program of arts and age. Audiences will experience living cultures through traditional and contemporary music, featuring some of the world’s oldest instruments, dance and rituals.

24th – 28th March, 2016
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay NSW

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